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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Review: Night Teeth

Director: Adam Randall

Screenplay: Brent Dillon

Year: 2021

While working as a chauffeur, Benny picks up two mysterious women who plan to go to various parties around Los Angeles. However, these women are not heading to a common type of parties and they have bloody intentions. Once Benny is caught up in the women’s real intentions, he begins to try to escape and survive.

When I saw that Netflix had added the movie "Night Teeth" my only criteria for seeing it is that it is a vampire movie about which I knew absolutely nothing about. Its ineffective humor during the first few minutes led me to think I had made a mistake, but soon Zoe and Blaire appear, and the tone of the film changes completely. That I’m currently writing this review is evidence that the presence of both and the tone that the film acquires at this moment managed to capture my attention.

After having seen the movie I am glad that this change in tone happens soon because it went from being one that was beginning to bore me to one that captured my attention until the end and one that I enjoyed. Is "Night Teeth" one of the best vampire movies? No. Does this movie offer anything new? Either. But it is undoubtedly an entertaining movie.

The visual aspect is where "Night Teeth" stands out. The use of bright colors and neon in the most Giallo style highlights its modern style and helps to show an attractive image of the city of Los Angeles, which director Adam Randall (“I See You”) seems to want to highlight in every scene. This colorful and polished canvas is used in a majestic way by the cast, all of whom do an exceptional job.

Its Achilles heel resides in its script, both in parts that are not worked in the best way and with its lack of originality. Brent Dillon's script suffers from clichés and a linear story with little surprise and a lot of predictability, where he demonstrates his little experience in the craft. The way he handles the rhythm is not the best either, at various points interspersing scenes with plenty of dialogue with the more moving scenes, and it feels like he never dares to fully step on the gas pedal. On the other hand, he knows how to keep the viewer entertained and throws a few memorable lines of dialogue. 

"Night Teeth" doesn't offer much to the vampire subgenre and perhaps this is why it might end up in the abyss of forgotten movies, but it is still entertaining. Its visual aspect, the way it manages to capture the essence of the city of Los Angeles, and the performances of its cast are enough arguments to justify its entertainment factor. On the other hand, its greatest weakness lies in a weak script with little originality.

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